The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is aligned with the federal government's Express Entry immigration selection system to nominate high skilled foreign nationals for permanent residence in the province of Nova Scotia.
This Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream is for skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
There are two categories under the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream:
This page will provide details on the following topics:
Once candidates have determined that they meet the eligibility criteria in one of the two categories, they must also meet all the remaining minimum requirements for the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream listed below. Candidates must also obtain sufficient points under the selection factors and meet the program's minimum funds requirement.
In order to be eligible for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, candidates must:
Potential candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 points on a point grid that measures education, language ability, work experience, age, adaptability factors, and whether the candidate has an arranged job offer from a Nova Scotia-based employer.
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Ability in English and/or French||Maximum 28 points|
|Work experience||Maximum 15 points|
|Age||Maximum 12 points|
|Arranged employment in Nova Scotia||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
|Pass mark:||67 points|
Candidates must have a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential OR a completed foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority AND an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by CIC.
An ECA is used to verify that the foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of credentials) is valid and equal to a completed credential in Canada. The ECA report will also indicate the authenticity of the foreign educational credential(s).
|Doctoral (PhD) level||25|
University-level credential at the Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree
For entry-to-practice professional degrees, the degree program must have been in:
The related occupation must be:
|Two or more post-secondary credentials (at least one must be for a program of at least three years).||22|
|Post-secondary credential for a program of three years or longer||21|
|Two-year post-secondary credential||19|
|One-year post-secondary credential||15|
|Secondary school education credential (also called high school)||5|
|Less than secondary school||Ineligible|
Candidates can earn up to 28 points for their skills in English and French. They will be given points based on abilities in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Candidates can also earn points for their official second language capacity. To earn points for skills in both English and French, language test results for each language must be provided at the same time.
Language test results must not be more than two years old at the time of receipt at the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) and at application for permanent residence to IRCC.
Language test results must come from one of the following designated testing agencies:
Applicants are required to meet the minimum level of CLB 7 (for their first official language in all four language areas). To get points for the second official language, they must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 (in all four language areas).
|First official language||Points|
|CLB level 9 or higher||6||6||6||6|
|CLB level 8||5||5||5||5|
|CLB level 7||4||4||4||4|
|Below CLB level 7||Not eligible to apply|
|Second official language||Points|
|At least CLB 5 in all of the four abilities||4|
|CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities||0|
The Candidate's Canadian or international work experience must be:
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a system used to classify jobs in the Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills and work setting for different jobs.
|Less than 1 year||Ineligible|
|6 or more years||15|
Candidates earn points based on their age on the day that their application is received by the NSOI.
|Under 18 years||Ineligible|
|47 years and older||0|
Candidates will receive points if they have a valid offer of arranged employment from a Nova Scotia employer. If the occupation is a regulated occupation in the province, the NSOI must be satisfied that the candidate can be expected to qualify for licensing/certification in Nova Scotia.
|A valid offer of employment must be:|
If claiming points for arranged employment, the Nova Scotia employer must meet the following requirements:
Additionally, when reviewing an application, the NSOI will take into consideration support offered to the candidate by the employer. Support may be in the form of financial or non-financial assistance. Some examples of support and retention efforts include settlement assistance, career training plans, coverage or contribution to immigration fees, and others.
Candidates can claim points for their accompanying spouse or common-law partner. However, candidates cannot claim points for a spouse who is living in Canada or a Canadian citizen. A maximum of 10 points can be awarded under this factor, regardless of how many criteria a candidate qualifies for.
Arranged employment (principal applicant only)
Points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.
Candidate's previous study in Nova Scotia
The candidate completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Nova Scotia in the past five years.
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week. Candidates must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Nova Scotia.
Spouse or common-law partner’s previous study in Nova Scotia
The candidate's spouse or common-law partner completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Nova Scotia in the past five years.
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and the spouse or common-law partner must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Nova Scotia.
Candidate's previous work in Nova Scotia
The candidate completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in Nova Scotia in the past five years:
Spouse or common-law partner’s previous work in Nova Scotia
The candidate's spouse or common-law partner completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in Nova Scotia in the past five years.
Relatives in Nova Scotia
The candidate or, if applicable, his/her spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Nova Scotia and is 19 years or older. Acceptable forms of relatives include:
Spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency
The candidate's spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency in either English or French is at the CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
To receive these points, candidates must submit a copy of the language test results from a designated testing agency with their application. Results must not be more than two years old on the date that the application is received. The language test results must remain valid through the assessment process with the NSOI and remain valid throughout the submission of a complete application for permanent residence with IRCC.
Candidates must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to establish themselves and their family members in the province of Nova Scotia. The amount required to show proof of funds is determined by family size. The funds must be in the candidate's name or in the name of the accompanying spouse.
These funds must be unencumbered by debts or obligations transferable and available to the candidate. Funds must be liquid (i.e. not real estate) and cannot be borrowed.
Proof of funds is not required if:
The NSOI will not approve an application if it appears that the family income (based on the offer of employment and any spousal income) will be below Statistics Canada'sLow-Income Cut-off.
Candidates are required to show a genuine intention to settle in Nova Scotia by providing a detailed explanation of why they chose to settle permanently in the province and what they believe Nova Scotia can offer them and their family. The settlement plan can include details such as accommodation /housing, transportation, employment/job, schools or child care, language training plans and integration into the community.
The following occupation list represents professions where there may be employment opportunities in Nova Scotia. The NOC code and occupation title, which are based on Canada's 2016 National Occupational Classification, helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled and semi-skilled occupations, and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job.
In your application to NSOI under this category you will need to demonstrate that you:
This list is subject to change.
|Occupation title||NOC||Skill level|
|Financial Auditors and Accountants||1111||A|
|Other financial officers||1114||A|
|Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||1123||A|
|Accounting technicians and bookkeepers||1311||B|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||3012||A|
|Licensed practical nurses||3233||B|
|College and other vocational instructors||4021||A|
|Paralegal and related occupations||4211||B|
|Social and community service workers||4212||B|
Candidates should not apply if they are: